P2/N95 face masks can help filter out the fine particles in smoke. To be effective, they must be fitted according to the manufacturer’s instructions and form a tight seal around the face. It can be difficult to maintain a tight seal, particularly for people with facial hair.
P2/N95 rated face masks can help filter out the fine particles found in bushfire smoke when worn correctly. They are disposable masks so should be replaced after each use.
P2/N95 masks help to protect you from bushfire smoke and poor air quality if you are unable to avoid exposure.
People returning to fire-damaged homes after bushfires should wear a P2/N95 face mask, as well as protective clothing such as sturdy footwear, heavy-duty work gloves and disposable coveralls. For more information, refer to
health advice for returning home safely,
To be effective, P2/N95 masks must form an air-tight seal around the face.
However, some people might find this difficult:
Face masks are available at most pharmacies and many hardware stores and other safety equipment suppliers. Ring ahead before you visit to make sure there is stock.
Make sure the mask has formed a tight seal over the bridge of the nose and mouth.
Check there are no gaps in the seal between the mask and the face before entering an unsafe environment. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
P2/N95 masks should be replaced after each use.
Throw it out once you have worn it for four hours, once it becomes moist or if you’re finding it hard to breathe through it, as it might be full of particles.